Usually when I think of Dutch bros, I imagine 6-foot-plus dudes doing the running man at Amsterdam music festivals, but the newest addition to Las Vegas’ coffee scene is here to change my perception. This version of Dutch Bros. (2820 E. Tropicana Ave.) is a drive-through coffee spot that features beans roasted in the Pacific Northwest, then ground and hand-pulled ristretto style—like espresso, but with half the water—for each cup. The company was created in 1992 as an espresso pushcart in Grants Pass, Oregon, by Dane and Travis Boersma, who are, indeed, Dutch and brothers. Each of the 200 subsequent shops is locally owned and operated; ours is run by husband-and-wife duo Cory and Kelli Nimmer, who met and fell in love while working at a Dutch Bros. store in Arizona. It’s a sweet tale that leads to sweet and strong coffee, iced, hot and blended, milkshakes and infused teas and sodas, as well as its own brand of energy drinks.
After you’re sufficiently caffeinated, Emeril Lagasse’s hidden gem, Table 10 (in the Palazzo, 702-607-6363) wants you to come seek it out for lunch with a new deal: two courses for $20. You’ll get to choose an entrée from such summery favorites as crisp roasted chicken with mustard gnocchi, leeks and porcini mushrooms; croque madame made with rotisserie ham, Swiss cheese and topped with a sunny-side-up egg with red potatoes and greens; or the signature Perfect 10 BLT, made with the restaurant’s own candied bacon, arugula and heirloom tomatoes on multigrain toast. Plus, you can opt for either an appetizer or a dessert. There are Emeril classics such as chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo with rice, or a Caesar salad made with gem lettuce, crouton, tomato puree and white anchovy to start with, or carrot cake with orange bourbon sauce or peach Melba turnover with vanilla ice cream for the finish. It’s easy, it’s casual and for the price, this lunch is a no-brainer.
When the day is done (or the night is just starting) Katsuya by Starck (in SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7611) has launched its Social Hour menu, available Thursday through Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the bar. Essentially Katsuya’s version of happy hour, this is the best time to snack on bites, including Japanese fried chicken and wagyu sliders, as well as items from the robata grill, salads, and select rolls and nigiri, all of which range from $4-$10. Specials on cocktails, including $7 watermelon cucumber mojitos and $6 carafes of hot sake and Kirin drafts complete the deal, ensuring that you’re both happy and social.